Thursday 22 February 2018

Apple event! Everything you need to know about the iPhone SE

One supposed leaked image of the SE Credit: BEEEP
One supposed leaked image of the SE Credit: BEEEP
One supposed leaked image of the SE Credit: BEEEP
iPhone 5SE
iPhone 5SE leaked picture. Credit: 9to5 Mac

Apple is holding an event today, at which it is expected to unveil a new iPhone, named the iPhone SE.

The new phone will be smaller than the last two generations, the iPhone 6 and 6s and their "Plus" companions, being targeted at those who want the modern features of the latest iPhones but at a cheaper price point, or want a smaller screen size.

Apple's keynote begins at 10am Pacific time, which is 5pm our time.

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Size and appearance

In 2014, Apple significantly upgraded the screen size of its iPhones, introducing the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone SE, by comparison, is expected to have the same dimensions as the previous iPhone 5 and 5s models, which had a 4-inch screen, a power button on the top rather than the side, and a slightly boxier shape.

Rumours suggest the iPhone SE will be almost identical in appearance to the iPhone 5s, although it may come in new colours including the popular rose gold that was introduced with the 6s last year, as well as some slight curves that make it distinguishable from the 5s.

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Specs and features

Most of the changes in the iPhone SE are likely to be under the hood, bringing the phone up to date. It is reported to include the same 12-megapixel camera that the iPhone 6s boasts as well as 4K video recording, an upgraded A9 processor to make it speedier and able to respond to Siri at all times, and support for Apple Pay.

As for memory, it would be a surprise if Apple deviated from the 16GB entry level memory that current iPhones come with, although higher prices for more capacity will be available. It is not expected to include the 3D Touch feature of the iPhone 6s but could incorporate live photos.

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Price and release date

Pricing is a mystery until Apple reveals it on Monday.

Apple tends to make its phones available for pre-order the Friday after they are unveiled, with them going on sale a week after. However, since the SE is more of an upgraded entry-level iPhone, rather than a glittering new high-end model, the release may be more muted, with the phone going on sale shortly after the event.

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